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Key facts

Wellington is New Zealand's centre of government and the world's southernmost capital city. It is also the country's cultural and the third most populous urban area in New Zealand.

Home to many museums, galleries, theatres, festivals and events, Wellington is also a leading centre for creative industries and is the home of the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). The city is situated alongside Wellington Harbour and surrounded by natural beauty including Zealandia, an award-winning eco-attraction just minutes from the central business district.


Wellington city has a population of 200,100 people. The Wellington region (a series of closely linked cities and districts) is home to almost 500,000 people. The city accounts for 41% of the region's population and 5% of New Zealand's overall population. The capital's population is young, with 55.9% aged 18-49 years (2006) compared with 45.1% in NZ generally.


Wellington’s weather gets a fair bit of slack and, yes, it can get a bit windy from time-to-time. But the capital actually enjoys a temperate and often sunny climate, enjoying around 2,000 sunshine hours a year. The warmest month is February, the coolest is July, and average annual rainfall is 1270mm.


Tourism is a vital contributor to Wellington's economy, resulting in some $1.6 billion in expenditure per year - that's over $3166 per minute! Further tourism statistics can be found in our About us section.


It's been said that over one-third (33%) of Wellington residents have a bachelor degree or higher qualification - the highest in the country. Wellingtonians are also known as some of the fittest New Zealanders, with over 18,000 of its residents choosing to walk or jog to work. Runners are a regular sight around the picturesque waterfront.

Wellington trivia

From a national museum with exhibition space the size of three rugby fields to the legend behind the design of the iconic Beehive, our quirky facts and stories page has some great figures and interesting urban legends.

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